I continue to follow with concern the financial, leadership and administrative problems facing our Church.
Hector Firoglanis — Sunday, October 21, This past week a special visitor came by the church to purchase some Bazaar tickets and stopped by my office to say hello. It was a joy to see my old high school wrestling coach after 23 years.
But most importantly, we talked about all the challenges we faced as wrestlers — from the grueling practices, cutting weight, and competing — and how the hardships made us physically and mentally stronger. This is what happens with our spiritual disciplines, including prayer, fasting, stewardship, and charity.
We want to settle into a routine and get comfortable, but God wants us to keep pushing ourselves to reach our full potential. It is a region where hogs were being raised for profit, even though swine were considered unclean animals according to Jewish Law Leviticus It was this man from whom Christ cast out the demons and permitted them to enter a herd of swine, which subsequently ran over a cliff and into a lake and drowned.
When A look at the greek orthodox church people of that region saw that their comfortable and routine way of life had been disrupted — that the swine had all drowned and that the possessed man was healed and in his right mind — they asked Jesus to leave them.
They preferred their comfort over the presence of the Lord, who had the power to give them new and abundant life. We too become comfortable with the status quo.
As athletes we may be content with a winning record when our coaches push us to win a championship. We become comfortable with our eating habits, our spending habits, and with any habit that prevents us from achieving our full potential in Christ.
Instead of embracing the struggle to reach our full potential, we become comfortable in our routines, and we convince ourselves that nothing needs to change. And like the people in the country of the Gadarenes, we sometimes ask the Lord to just go away and leave us alone when the topic of money is broached.
He constantly challenges us to be less self-centered and more generous in our giving.
In the Holy Scriptures He talks more about money than He does prayer or faith. In the Gospels, an amazing one out of ten verses in all deal directly with the subject of money.
The Bible offers verses on prayer, less than verses on faith, but more than 2, verses on money and possessions. When it comes to money, we may wish for God to leave us alone.
He cares for us too much. The poor exist for the salvation of the rich. Imagine putting a large sign on the front lawn of our church saying: And what an encouragement for the hardworking men and women of our parish who work so hard to make our Bazaar possible: Some may think this is impossible.
Like a good a good coach, our Lord is always encouraging us to dig deeper, to strive harder, and to be more generous with our giving. God will continue to push us until we achieve His standard of perfection: Thank God we have a coach, so to speak, in our Lord Jesus Christ, who accepts us just as we are, but loves us too much to let us stay that way.
Our Lord Jesus Christ was not afraid to talk about money.
Rather, may His words challenge us and inspire us always to be more faithful and generous stewards of the bountiful gifts He gives unto us. There are several options available for turning in your Stewardship Pledge Form: You may fill out the enclosed form in this edition of the Annunciator and return to church office; place in collection tray on Sunday; or place in Stewardship Collection Box in Narthex or in the breezeway.
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